Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  • News Wrap: Wife Charged with Murder of Texas D.A.
    In other news Wednesday, Texas authorities arrested Kim Williams on charges of murder for the shootings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. Williams is the ex-wife of a former justice of the peace in Texas, who is currently in jail for computer theft.
    Original Air Date: April 17, 2013
  • Senate Rejects Amendments for Background Checks
    Proposed amendments for assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans and universal background checks failed to pass the Senate. Kwame Holman reports. Then, Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives on why Senate failed to pass the proposals from National Shooting Sports Foundation's Lawrence Keane and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
    Original Air Date: April 17, 2013
  • Senate Blocks Expanded Gun Sale Background Checks
    Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms. Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines also faced certain defeat in a series of showdown votes four months after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. The background check measure commanded a majority but fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance.
    Original Air Date: April 17, 2013
  • Late Bloomers Become First-Time Entrepreneurs
    NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman reports on late bloomers who decided to take the plunge into self-employment.
    Original Air Date: April 17, 2013
  • Obama on the Defeat of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment
    President Obama spoke candidly about his frustration with the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment. Obama was introduced by Mark Barden, the father of Sandy Hook victim Daniel Barden.
    Original Air Date: April 17, 2013
  • Obama: Gun Lobby and Allies "Willfully Lied About the Bill"
    President Obama spoke candidly about his frustration with the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment. Obama said that the gun lobby and its allies "willfully lied about the bill." Obama was introduced by Mark Barden, the father of Sandy Hook victim Daniel Barden.
    Original Air Date: April 17, 2013
  • The Evolving Immigration Debate: Religion
    Hari Sreenivasan talks to Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, for Part 3 of the NewsHour's series on how immigration reform has evolved since the last big push seven years ago.
    Original Air Date: April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

  • Scattering of Light Revolutionizes the Film Industry
    To make Gollum more realistic, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and researcher Henrik Jensen pioneered a new technique in 2001 that simulated light diffusion in skin. The result was the depraved, human-like character Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". The technique would later bring alive characters like the Na’vis in Avatar, King Kong in 2005 remake and Benjamin Button.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • Report Finds Proof That U.S. Tortured Detainees After 9/11
    After a two-year investigation, bipartisan legal research and advocacy group the Constitution Project released a report confirming that the United States engaged in torture after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Jeffrey Brown talks to two of the report authors, former congressman James Jones and retired Army Brig. Gen. David Irvine.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • Supreme Court Hears Native American Custody Case for Child
    A child custody case -- normally the purview of lower courts -- reached the Supreme Court. At question was whether a law intended to protect Native American families can override other legal jurisdictions. Ray Suarez talks with the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle about the adoption of a toddler known as "Baby Veronica."
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • In Face of Disaster, Social Media Helps People Connect
    Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings, people took to social media and other technology to spread news about the attacks and check on loved ones. Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn examine with political editor Christina Bellantoni how social media can act as both an emergency tool and as a platform to express grief.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • Mass General Trauma Chief Talks Disaster Drills, Shrapnel
    Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma services at Massachusetts General Hospital, about the emergency medicine administered to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, how his staff had prepared for such a disaster and an overview of the various serious injuries sustained.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • Investigators Tackling Boston Bombings Must 'Triage'
    Gwen Ifill talks with former deputy national security advisor Juan Zuarte and former senior FBI Official Don Borelli for their takes on the investigation and how authorities are sifting through evidence, as well as the president's characterization of the bombings as a terrorist attack.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • Boston Investigators Up Against Weather, Volume of Evidence
    In Boston, evidence seemed to suggest that the explosive devices were made from pressure cookers filled with shrapnel. Jeffrey Brown talks to WBUR reporter David Boeri about what else police and federal agents have discovered, as well as what challenges they face in trying to piece together
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • President Obama Calls Boston Bombing an 'Act of Terror'
    In a press conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama called the explosions at the Boston Marathon, a "heinous and cowardly act." The president said that the FBI is investigating the bombings as an "act of terror."
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • Mayor Tom Menino: 'Boston Will Overcome'
    Boston Mayor Tom Menino, along with representatives from the FBI, ATF and Boston and Massachusetts State Police addressed the press and public with updates about the ongoing investigation into two explosions that occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. The crime scene will continue for the next few days.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013
  • The Evolving Immigration Debate: Guest Workers
    Hari Sreenivasan talks to South Carolina peach farmer Chalmers Carr for Part 2 of the NewsHour's series on how immigration reform has evolved since the last big push seven years ago.
    Original Air Date: April 16, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

  • Press Conference Updates Boston Marathon Explosions
    Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and others, including an FBI Special Agent-in-Charge, gave a press conference Monday evening updating the situation on the explosions at the Boston Marathon. They stated that the FBI was now in charge of the investigation looking into the explosive devices that killed at least 3 and injured dozens more. They answered questions at the end of the presser.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Doctor on Scene: 'Tons of Mangled Extremities on the Ground'
    Dr. Albert Pendleton was 5 feet from the finish line at the Boston Marathon when two explosions ripped through the street, killing three and injuring more than 130. He was knocked to the ground under the force of the bombs, and was able to recover in time to help the injured around him. He spoke from Boston with PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Assessing U.S.-Venezuela Relations After Very Close Election
    Nicolás Maduro will be Venezuela's new president following Hugo Chavez's death in March. Ray Suarez talks to Cynthia Arnson of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research about Venezuela's election system, economy and how the United States is responding.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Senators Fine Tune Final Details of Immigration Reform Bill
    While supporters of immigration reform rallied on Capitol Hill, a group of eight senators put the finishing touches on legislation to overhaul the current system. Gwen Ifill talks with the Los Angeles Times' Bill Bennett for an update on what's in the plan.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Supreme Court Tackles Case of Patent Law, Human Genetics
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case on whether a biotech company can patent a gene associated with cancer. Jeffrey Brown gets details from National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle, plus viewpoints from Ellen Matloff of Yale Cancer Center, a plaintiff in the case, and Kevin Noonan, an intellectual property attorney.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • President Obama Addresses the Boston Marathon Explosions
    President Obama held a press conference at 6:10 ET Monday evening addressing the explosions at the Boston Marathon early afternoon.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Obama: Anyone Responsible for Bombs Will Be Held Accountable
    After the explosions, President Barack Obama spoke at the White House about the events in Boston, the spirit of its citizens and the state holiday Patriots' Day. Stephen Murphy of the Boston City Council offers an eyewitness account to Gwen Ifill, including seeing the fireball blast and the team effort shown by first-responders.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Spectators, Runners Disperse After Deadly Boston Blasts
    After two devices were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, tens of thousands of runners and spectators had to be diverted from the disaster, many leaving behind bags or luggage to speed their retreat. Gwen Ifill talks to Scott Malone of Reuters about the scene at the blast.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Eyewitness Account of Boston Marathon Bombings
    PBS NewsHour's Noreen Nasir spoke to Hari Sreenivasan by phone from the site of the Boston Marathon, where two bombs went off earlier this afternoon near the finish line.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Boston Police Commissioner: "This Is An Ongoing Event"
    In a press conference Monday afternoon, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis confirmed a third incident at JFK Library. Davis said that Boston Police were treating the event as related to the marathon. The commissioner also urged the public to avoid congregating in crowds, explaining that "this is an ongoing event."
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013
  • Boston Press Conference on Marathon Explosions
    The mayor of Boston and other officials updated the latest information on the Boston Marathon explosions early evening Monday.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2013

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